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Shadecraft, Vol. 1

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Zadie Lu is afraid of her own shadow. She's a teenager, so she REALLY should have grown out of by now, right? But something weird is happening in her small town. Zadie could swear the shadows are coming to life. Watching her. Trying to KILL her. But how do you fight something you can't even touch? And how does all of this tie into her FAMILY, of all things? From the creativ Zadie Lu is afraid of her own shadow. She's a teenager, so she REALLY should have grown out of by now, right? But something weird is happening in her small town. Zadie could swear the shadows are coming to life. Watching her. Trying to KILL her. But how do you fight something you can't even touch? And how does all of this tie into her FAMILY, of all things? From the creative team that brought you the Eisner-nominated SKYWARD, writer JOE HENDERSON (showrunner of Netflix's LUCIFER) and artist LEE GARBETT (CAPTAIN MARVEL), join Zadie Lu as she ventures into the shadows to face her fears, and discovers a legacy she never knew she had.


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Zadie Lu is afraid of her own shadow. She's a teenager, so she REALLY should have grown out of by now, right? But something weird is happening in her small town. Zadie could swear the shadows are coming to life. Watching her. Trying to KILL her. But how do you fight something you can't even touch? And how does all of this tie into her FAMILY, of all things? From the creativ Zadie Lu is afraid of her own shadow. She's a teenager, so she REALLY should have grown out of by now, right? But something weird is happening in her small town. Zadie could swear the shadows are coming to life. Watching her. Trying to KILL her. But how do you fight something you can't even touch? And how does all of this tie into her FAMILY, of all things? From the creative team that brought you the Eisner-nominated SKYWARD, writer JOE HENDERSON (showrunner of Netflix's LUCIFER) and artist LEE GARBETT (CAPTAIN MARVEL), join Zadie Lu as she ventures into the shadows to face her fears, and discovers a legacy she never knew she had.

30 review for Shadecraft, Vol. 1

  1. 5 out of 5

    Theediscerning

    Really quite compellingly, this book combines the heartfelt drama side with something much more super-powered. Zadie is getting ostracised at school, ever since her older brother had a car crash and fell into a year-long coma, a coma that has diverted all their mother's emotional energy into caring for him. She also thinks she's going mad, for the shadows in the dark seem to want to come after her. But when she seems to find a personality that isn't hers in her own shadow, and when she seems to Really quite compellingly, this book combines the heartfelt drama side with something much more super-powered. Zadie is getting ostracised at school, ever since her older brother had a car crash and fell into a year-long coma, a coma that has diverted all their mother's emotional energy into caring for him. She also thinks she's going mad, for the shadows in the dark seem to want to come after her. But when she seems to find a personality that isn't hers in her own shadow, and when she seems to have some ability to control the darkness, why – what else is possible in this world? You can see it as bright as day, that a book would easily cover the darkness of the family tragedy by manifesting it as shadows with agency. You can also easily see how a superpower might be the control of shadows as a great way to scare people and commit subterfuge. But combining both those books? Ramping the scale of both aspects of the story up in nice ways to high levels, even in what is just Book One? Still giving surprises along the way as well? No, there's a lot unpredictably good here, and I really enjoyed myself. Strong female characters (well, the blokes generally are a bit lame, so someone had to be), decent artwork, and a wool-free, pared-back action sensibility make this well worth a look. These shadows shine – almost to four and a half stars' luminosity.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer

    Digital review copy through Edelweiss+ This was fun, in the way that most superhero-type, especially big-two, comics are. As is often the case with many such titles, most of the focus was on the action with characterization and relationships relying on broad strokes. The art was reminiscent of a contemporary Marvel title, with extra flair from the illustration and inking of the shadows. I was pleasantly surprised that, though this started as an angsty teenager story, it ended up also being about Digital review copy through Edelweiss+ This was fun, in the way that most superhero-type, especially big-two, comics are. As is often the case with many such titles, most of the focus was on the action with characterization and relationships relying on broad strokes. The art was reminiscent of a contemporary Marvel title, with extra flair from the illustration and inking of the shadows. I was pleasantly surprised that, though this started as an angsty teenager story, it ended up also being about the family. I would definitely be up for reading the next volume to see where this goes. As with Skyward, I'm again wondering why the creative team of adult cis, white/white-presenting men are writing a series about a BIPOC teenage girl. More fun art? Makes the series stand out? :shrug:

  3. 5 out of 5

    Alan

    This ended up being a very pleasant surprise. I thought this was going to be a typical angsty teen gets powers, faces evil etc. story. Add to that being misunderstood by her parents. Instead, well that you for the nice swerve that I didn't see coming (even if maybe I should have). Looking forward to volume two. Yes, this is a brief review, because I'm stuck trying to figure out how to avoid spoilers about what I really liked about this. disclaimer: read as digital floppies. This ended up being a very pleasant surprise. I thought this was going to be a typical angsty teen gets powers, faces evil etc. story. Add to that being misunderstood by her parents. Instead, well that you for the nice swerve that I didn't see coming (even if maybe I should have). Looking forward to volume two. Yes, this is a brief review, because I'm stuck trying to figure out how to avoid spoilers about what I really liked about this. disclaimer: read as digital floppies.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Simon

    The dictionary definition of fine, pretty much. Art is fine, story is fine, the first issues give quite a bit of promise to develop the characters but the book eventually succumbs to twists and the desire for action. Which is, again, fine, but if there's a second volume coming, I'm hoping it will take the time to focus on the people, not the shadow magic. The dictionary definition of fine, pretty much. Art is fine, story is fine, the first issues give quite a bit of promise to develop the characters but the book eventually succumbs to twists and the desire for action. Which is, again, fine, but if there's a second volume coming, I'm hoping it will take the time to focus on the people, not the shadow magic.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Jordan Stewart

  6. 5 out of 5

    Juan Devoto

  7. 4 out of 5

    Jourdain

  8. 5 out of 5

    Mario

  9. 5 out of 5

    Sammy

  10. 5 out of 5

    Emma

  11. 5 out of 5

    Tina Fritchley

  12. 4 out of 5

    Patrick

  13. 4 out of 5

    Mindy

  14. 5 out of 5

    Ryan Michael

  15. 4 out of 5

    Vermillion

  16. 5 out of 5

    Dakota

  17. 5 out of 5

    Erick Wood

  18. 5 out of 5

    CatOak

  19. 4 out of 5

    Marianna P

  20. 5 out of 5

    Gutxes

  21. 5 out of 5

    Sabrina

  22. 5 out of 5

    Pop Bop

  23. 4 out of 5

    Jay Hancock

  24. 5 out of 5

    Brian

  25. 5 out of 5

    Anthony Huynh

  26. 5 out of 5

    Aishwarya

  27. 4 out of 5

    Ditrih

  28. 5 out of 5

    Nowenen

  29. 5 out of 5

    Nico

  30. 5 out of 5

    Clark Day

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